Feeling anxious is when we are worried or scared about what might happen or what other people might think about us.
It is normal to feel a little anxious when doing new things or going to new places. We might also feel anxious when we have to do or say something in front of other people. We might worry that we will get something wrong and embarrass ourselves. This is OK.
Feeling anxious can sometimes be helpful. It makes us think carefully about what we are doing so that we get it right.
Sometimes we can worry too much about things that might go wrong and this can stop us doing these things. This is not OK.
Sometimes we can worry too much about what other people think and say about us. This is not OK.
When we feel anxious it can sometimes help to try to think more positive thoughts. We might think about the things that we like and enjoy. We might think about how we might feel when we have been successful.
It is OK to feel anxious sometimes but we can try to think positive thoughts and carry on doing things.
When I Feel Anxious
When I feel anxious I am feeling uncomfortable about something.
I don't always know why I feel anxious. I just do and this is OK.
Most people feel anxious sometimes. It is not easy to know when someone else is anxious. Most people will not know when I am feeling anxious.
Usually the best thing to do when I feel anxious is to tell someone how I feel. This can be a close friend or a trusted adult who will listen to me without judging me. If I can't talk to someone there are lots of things I can do. This includes:
imagining that I'm in a place where I feel safe and calm
thinking about a favourite book or film
wiggling my toes and fingers
doing any activity that makes me calm
It is OK if I feel anxious sometimes. If I want I can try to talk to someone about it. I can also do things to help me cope with feeling anxious.